Name: Fernando Oleas
Office: FO 3104
Do you have an interpreting program at Pierce?
YES---we offer both ASL classes and Interpreter Education classes which lead to an A.A. degree in Interpreting. Our program has been going strong since 1979 and has been a part of the Modern Languages Department since that time.
How long does the A.A. degree program take?
The Interpreter Education Program at Pierce College is a 2-year degree program, with a pre-requisite of ASL 1 and 2, or equivalent. The required ASL classes are listed in both the Pierce College General Catalog and on-line at the Pierce College Web site under Educational Programs. Sometimes a student can only take a few classes each semester. If this is the case, we recommend the student contact either Cynthia Herbst or Darlene Wittman (Professors of ASL/Interpreting) to help advise a successful part-time schedule.
Do these classes fulfill general education requirements for graduation?
YES---ASL 1, 2, 3, 4 and ASL 40 (Introduction to Deaf Culture) have fulfilled the Humanities requirement for graduation since 1990. The required interdisciplinary course Anthropology 104 also fulfills the Humanities requirement for graduation.
Do these classes transfer to CSUs or UCs?
YES---nearly all ASL courses (both language and interpreting) are transferable to CSUs (especially CSUN) at the undergraduate level, and many ASL courses are transferable to UCs. Also many other colleges and universities throughout the United States (CSUN since 1994) recognize ASL as satisfying their foreign language requirements.
What are the job opportunities if I graduate from the program?
MANY---with the passage of new laws (such as ADA) the expansion of services and opportunities for Deaf and hard-of-hearing people has created a large market for interpreters. Opportunities for interpreting work are plentiful in the following settings (especially in southern California) : Education: *K – 12, *vocational training programs, college and universities---the National Center on Deafness at CSUN provides Deaf and hard-of-hearing students often with forty-thousand hours of interpreting each year. Community: the Greater Los Angeles Council on Deafness maintains an interpreting referral service which provides thousands of hours of interpreting each month for the local Deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
What are beginning level interpreters paid?
The rate of pay for beginning level interpreters in southern California ranges between $10 - $15 per hour, with highly qualified interpreters commanding $30 - $40 per hour.
*These areas require National Certification